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No matter where you work, Higher Education, Business, Ministry, Nonprofit work or a church, today’s workplace is changing almost daily. Now more than ever staying abreast to changes in Human Resources related issues is very important to you and your organization.

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Human Resources Perspective on Organizational Mission, Vision and Values


When I was asked to blog about forward-thinking human resources content to Christian Higher Ed Professionals, I knew I would have to start by constructing a solid foundation and build upon that. Having spent over 25 years in corporate America working alongside highly respected HR thought leaders at such organizations as Kodak, PepsiCo, and Merck Inc., I thought back to what makes certain organizations succeed while others fail.

Six years ago, I founded and now lead a growing HR consulting firm that supports organizations across the United States, organizations with one thing in common—they are Christian-based, whether for-profit companies or ministries and churches, and all possess essentially the same strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. No amount of technology or reengineering solves their issues. At the end of the day, it is the people within those organizations who make the difference.

What singles out certain organizations is the ability of their leadership to align their people effort to a collective MVV—mission, vision and values. Without this foundation, organizations flounder and employees lack direction. Without identified and established MVVs, HR leaders are unable to align their HR programs to achieve high performance. I have witnessed firsthand what happens when organizations lack this essential organizational mantra. What’s tragic is that establishing a company’s MVV is not only basic but quite simple to do. It requires nothing more than to identify why you do what you do and how you want to do it.

In the coming posts, I will guide you through the necessary steps to identify your core beliefs and goals, your MVV. Then we will explore how to skillfully integrate this MVV into your HR process to ensure you deliver on your mission, achieve your vision, and work within the values you establish. I will also define for you a term we use: “Kingdom-minded organization.” In my experience, the use of this Christian-oriented term illuminates how your organization will present its MVV differently to those of secular organizations.

Once you spend some time reflecting on what is meaningful to you and your organization, you will have taken the first steps on our journey together to create a Kingdom-minded organization of like-minded individuals working together to achieve high performance.

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In His Name HR helps organizations build high-performance Human Resources programs. Visit them at In HIS Name HR or e-mail them.

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In His Name HR LLC. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

Now Recruiting HR Coordinator Clarks Summit, PA

Now Recruiting HR Coordinator Clarks Summit, PA


For more than 80 years, Clarks Summit University has prepared men and women for Christ-honoring careers and ministries across the globeLocated in the foothills of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, the university offers programs ranging from a one-year Bible certificate to associate, bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees.

Purpose of Position:  

Provides administrative support to the Vice President for Business Administration and Finance on all personnel matters and assists with payroll processing.

Some Essential Duties:

  • Assists Department Heads / Hiring Managers as needed with recruitment and interview process; tracks applications, schedules meetings.
  • Conducts onboarding and assists with orientation schedule with same as above.
  • Assist in preparing for exit interviews for employees, volunteers, and student workers.
  • Assists new employees with online investigation and background requests via user interface / web portals; specifically, ACT 153 for employees, volunteers, and student workers.
  • Verifies I-9 documentation and sets-up/maintains files for employees, volunteers, and student workers.
  • Assists TPA with yearly open enrollment as needed.
  • Maintains institutional census for yearly open enrollment and administrative inquiries.
  • Utilizes census data to complete 1095C’s related to IRS filings and IPEDS surveys.
  • Processes, reviews and submits payroll with the oversight of the Director of Accounting
  • Assists with processing of terminations and related communication.
  • Records worker’s compensation claims and submits to Carrier for processing.
  • Working with our Insurance Carrier, secures driver approval requests and adjust coverage.
  • Reconciles the benefits statements and submits invoices for payment monthly.
  • Performs customer service functions by answering or facilitating employee requests and questions.
  • Updates HR spreadsheet with employee change requests and processes paperwork.
  • Assists with the preparation of the performance review forms.
  • Working with HR outsource and Department Heads, formulates and updates standard operating procedures.
  • Assures compliance with all state and federal leave of absence laws, including FMLA.

Position Requirements:

  • An Associate’s degree with at least 5 years related experience in a HR environment.
  • Proven leadership skills to effectively direct employees while in a professional environment, ability to properly evaluate comprehension, and application of subject material.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of Windows, Power Point, Word and Excel or similar programs required.

Complete support of and willing adherence to Clarks Summit University’s Standard of Conduct and Confession of Faith. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Required Personal Attributes:

Just like all Clarks Summit University employees, the conduct of this employee must be consistent with good character, and must be an appropriate reflective of our organaization’s heritage.  Complete support of and willing adherence to Clarks Summit University’s mission vision and values.   Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.  A statement of faith will be required of all final candidates.

Benefits: 

  • 403b Retirement Plan
  • Vision coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation/ holidays/ sick days/ personal days

Location Will Be:

Clarks Summit University
538 Venard Road
South Abington Twp., PA 18411

Due to the overwhelming response we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

Cover letter should include why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate.

Due to the overwhelming response we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

All qualified individuals may submit a resume and cover letter which includes why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate to:

Email HR Team 

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Why Developing A High-Performance Employee Review Process Matters

Why Developing A High-Performance Employee Review Process Matters


Most employees loath them; many managers avoid them. High Performance Organizations have them, and they do what they’re designed to do—evaluate precisely the performance of each employee.

Feel like you don’t need them? Here are 10 great reasons that should change your mind.

  1. Aligning performance to goals and objectives

Most organization employees we meet with say they have no idea what the yearly top two or three goals are for their organization.  A great performance program sets these goals as their starting point. Ninety-nine percent of employees in this country want to do well at work, but we lack leaders who know how to align their desire to achieve to the organizational goals.

  1. Providing a basis for promotion/transfer/termination

Many organizations are not transparent concerning how to be promoted.  A performance review process more readily identifies those employees who deserve promotion and those who require lateral shift (transfer) or need to enter into a remedial program. This system also aids career planning.

  1. Enhancing employees’ effectiveness

Most people really do want to be better at their jobs! Helping employees to identify their strengths and weaknesses and informing them of the organization’s expectations concerning their performance helps them to better understand the role they play and increases work efficiency. Feedback reinforces good performance and discourages poor performance.

  1. Aiding in designing training and development programs

Instead of creating “programs of the month,” you can use performance review data to more accurately ascertain training needs and identify skills that need to be developed in order to tailor-make the most effective training and development programs.

  1. Building teams

Counseling employees corrects misconceptions, which might result in work alienation. Performance management also helps employees to internalize the norms and values of the organization. (I have met leaders who have not talked to their employees about their performance since 2009!)

  1. Removing discontent

Performance management puts all employees on the same measuring tape. Identifying and removing factors responsible for worker discontent motivates them to perform better at work. Performance management helps to create a positive and healthy work environment in the organization.

  1. Developing interpersonal relationships

Relations between superiors and subordinates can be improved through the realization that there exists a mutual dependence that leads to better performance and success. By facilitating employees to perform introspection, self-evaluation and goal setting, their behavior can be modified. Better interpersonal relationships lead to team building.

  1. Aiding wage administration

Performance management can help to develop fairer and more equitable base lines for reward allocation, wage fixation, raises, incentives, etc.

  1. Exercising control

A performance review process provides a means to exercise control of projects focused on, and helps keep employees aligned to the agreed upon annual goals and objectives.

  1. Improving communication

Performance management serves as a mechanism for improved communication between superiors and subordinates.  Often times managers shy away from counseling employees.  When the right system is in place, especially is it is employee driven, it forces discussions on a regular basis.

In closing, my experiences lead me to support employee driven programs.  Programs that rely on managers and leaders have a higher propensity for failure.  Simple yet meaningful programs that include goals, objectives, behaviors, an employee development component and stretch assignments meet what most employees’ desire.

How important are employee performance reviews in your organization?  We would like to know.  Please leave comments below. 

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In His Name HR helps organizations build high performance Human Resources programs. Visit them at In HIS Name HR or e-mail them here.

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In His Name HR LLC. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Now Recruiting Brand Strategist

Now Recruiting For: Event Planner/Brand Strategist/Administrative Assistant Guilford, CT


We are excited to be retained by this wonderful organization, Agemy Financial Strategies Inc.  to assist in recruiting a Event Planner/Brand Strategist/Administrative Assistant for their Guilford, CT location.

Agemy Financial Strategies exists for the purpose of helping people achieve their personal and financial goals. Their philosophy is to deliver quality financial programs and teach principles for successful living.

This person handles the promotion of the company for the purpose of developing and managing new relationships. They find creative ways to enhance the Agemy Financial Strategies brand and the services and education we provide. They establish marketing strategies which complement the objectives of the company in building relationships with clients and probable clients.

Start building your brighter tomorrow today.

Some Essential Responsibilities:

  • Research and develop innovative marketing campaigns to generate leads for probable clients.
  • Develop innovative marketing campaigns, brand awareness and themes for various events.
  • Create and implement multiple programs to develop and grow general inquiries and leads across multiple channels, including but not limited to:
    • Internet marketing,
    • Direct mail,
    • Email solicitation,
    • Integrated telemarketing,
    • Various radio,
    • Print media, and
    • Any other avenues
  • Build and maintain the Branding Platform comprised of:
    • Social Media,
    • Newsletter,
    • Blogs,
    • Website,
    • Magazines,
    • Drip Mailing, etc.
  • Organize and implement customer relations through programs provided thru partners and outsourcing, including but not limited to:
    • Trade shows,
    • Customer surveys,
    • Educational/instructional events,
    • Referral events,
    • Annual client appreciation event, and
    • Other events and activities.
  • Initiate Adult Ed programs in various regions.
  • Test and Measure: Track and monitor performance and metrics of events to determine effectiveness and report regularly to management.
  • Continuing development and administration of a menu of various venues, with forward planning of 12+ months.

Some Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication or Marketing, or five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One (1) to five (5) years of in fast paced office environment, a plus.
  • Time management skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends for scheduled events.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Experience using mainstream social media platforms.
  • Complete support of and willing adherence to Agemy Financial Strategies, Inc. mission, vision and core values. Applicant must hold these standards as his/her own.

Some Required Personal Attributes:

  • Represent the firm with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
  • Have a willing attitude to help out as necessary.
  • Articulation and creativity are essential.
  • Ability to work as a team member and as an individual contributor.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Show respect to clients, vendors, other team members and those in authority.

Benefits: 

  • 401k with match
  • Dentel plan
  • Health insurance
  • Paid vacation/ holidays/ sick days/ personal days

Location Will Be:

Agemy Financial Strategies
741 Boston Post Road #308
Guilford, CT 06437

Learn Why Customers Choose Agemy Financial Strategies 

Due to the overwhelming response we ask that you are patient during the selection and interview process. All qualified applicants will be notified.

All qualified individuals may submit a resume and cover letter which includes why you should be considered for the position and what would make you the best candidate to:

Email HR@InHISNameHR.com

Agemy Financial Strategies Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Great Organizations Are Built On Solid Job Descriptions

Great Organizations Are Built on Solid Job Descriptions


Job descriptions (JDs) are just so 1980s,” a young HR graduate recently commented to me, He could not be more wrong. Having worked in HR for over 25 years, I can tell you that some things just don’t change—and shouldn’t change.  New technology consistently bombards us; faster, better, and sleeker processes seem to overwhelm us.

One thing that will never change is the fact that, in order to be a High Performance Organization, you still need to get some  “old school” work done. Don’t let technology and “the new workplace” fool you. Now, more than ever, you need JDs.

Here are eight good reasons why:

Recruitment – As you grow and expand, it is almost impossible to hire legally or correctly when lacking a solid, well-written job description.

Teambuilding – It is difficult for Teams to form and support each other when job duties are gray and tasks constantly conflict or interrupt each other. It is enlightening to know what each Team Member is responsible to accomplish.

Performance management – This enables you  to set measurable performance goals based on duties listed in the corresponding job description. Having them listed, in writing, signifies their importance.

Training and employee development – You can use job descriptions, along with descriptions of possible job promotions, as a tool to determine what to pursue in regards to classes, seminars, and other career development activities in order to close gaps.

Compensation- JDs can be helpful in developing a standardized compensation program with minimums, maximums, and target pay for each position. They help highlight internal equity issues to decision makers and contribute to fairness.

Recognition and rewards – You can use job descriptions as a baseline for performance, and as a tool to encourage performance “above and beyond” the job description, in order to distribute recognition and rewards or just plain old praise!

Discipline – Sometimes employees just don’t do what needs to be done. Hopefully, this does not happen at your place of work, but sometimes Team Members fail each other. If you need to, you can use job descriptions to illustrate when employees are not performing up to agreed-upon standards.

Essential job function analysis – The physical and environmental setting is important in order to provide employees, including new hires, who need accommodation. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it is also the law.  As of July 1992, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that an organization assist an employee when a request is made for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Some Key Points to Ensure a Great Job Description Process

  • Have the employee own their description
  • Remember that no one knows the job better than the employee doing it
  • Make the employee accountable to complete it and have HR review it
  • The manager should have final JD authority and reserve the right to make changes to the final document, incorporating dialogue with the employee

Don’t make JDs more work then they have to be. Instead, make it a process to enjoy and learn from—it does not have to be awful.

Be joyful and helpful with the process, and your staff will love you for it!

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In His Name HR helps organizations build high performance Human Resources programs. Visit them at In HIS Name HR or e-mail them here.

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In His Name HR LLC. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

 

How We Became Number One On Google In HIS Name HR

How We Became Number One on Google


Social Media and Search Engine Optimization

This blog post is out of the ordinary. We are human resource experts not marketing or social media experts by any means. We have been asked way too many times and have had to explain in painstaking detail the same question:

How did In HIS Name HR climb to the top slot in Google’s search response to the query for “Christian Human Resources?”

Having been peppered with this question from a wide array of sources, we decided to answer it here, and share our methodology.

Social media can be confusing to many people, but in reality it is very simple. Social media programs are nothing more than tools that allow like-minded people to communicate. What is critical to remember is that not all people use all programs. Therefore, to reach a large and diverse group of people, you need to reach them where they are, instead of hoping they’ll somehow stumble across you.

Many people make the mistake of only using Facebook, or Twitter, when they attempt to market their voice to the world. But what about all those people who use other social media programs instead, those who are not on Facebook or Twitter? If you rely only on those two platforms, you are essentially missing out on millions of potential people who won’t hear your message.

What you want to do is essentially send your same message out through all the various social media programs. However, you will need to tailor the way in which your message is sent out to accommodate the differing requirements or constraints of each social media platform.

To start, make sure what you present fits your voice—that is, how you want people to perceive you and your services. It is a combination of your mission, vision and values. Your voice can also be defined as a “niche” that you are working to create for your organization.

Decrease Turnover ~ Develop On-Boarding Excellence

Decrease Turnover ~ Develop On-Boarding Excellence


Many leaders think that the reason turnover has decreased is because of the bad economy. That’s not entirely accurate. As the 2014 Equifax research shows, on average, more than half of all employees who left their job in the past year did so within the first twelve months.

Concerned? You should be. The average cost to recruit a single new employee is well over $4,000 and will take on average 42 days to fill the vacancy (SHRM study 2016). This figure does not reflect the time spent or the decrease in morale as the search drags on. Since the rate of turnover is potentially the highest during the first year, let’s take a closer look at one way we can stop the hemorrhage.

There is a misperception shared by many of today’s leaders that orientation and on-boarding are essentially one and the same. They are not. Simply stated, orientation comprises the tactical tasks to complete in order to get an employee ready to get to work, for example, computer login registration, physical building access, facility tours, and a basic HR overview of policies such as benefits and the employee handbook.

So, how is on-boarding different? On-boarding is assimilating your new employee to the culture of your organization. It is about introducing your new employee to your organization’s values, its norms, providing a recipe that lists the ingredients of what makes up your organization’s culture, and how they can blend effectively with them to create a desirable end product, leading to the greater success of your organization as a whole.  An effective program helps the new employee align themselves to your Mission, Vision and Values.  This is a very important step to organizational success.

Want to create an effective on-boarding program? Consider these 4 steps.

Step #1: Use a Focus Group

Create a focus group that consists of the most recent six people you hired. These are the individuals who best know what does and doesn’t work— they’ve just lived through it! Task the focus group facilitator with developing a list of items that should be included in the on-boarding program. And, once your HR leader develops the final program, schedule the focus group to meet again to ensure the legitimacy of the program.

Step #2:  Build Employee Development into the Process

Ensure job description review, refinement, and updating are all a part of your process. Have every new employee consult with co-workers and corresponding leaders to update their job description so that they have full ownership. Have them present to their leader the key areas of development for promote-ability based on future career assignments. Get them thinking about their own development now, not after they tire of their position.

Step #3: Build in Key Meetings with Various Stakeholders

Arrange for new employees to meet with a different manager in separate departments several times over the course of some months. Earlier in my career, we built a process at the Quaker Oats Company where all new employees or transferees would go to lunch with different department managers and several members of their department. It is a fantastic way for new employees to feel part of the Mission of the organization.

Step #4: Ensure New Employees Own the Process

Create a checklist for employees to follow and update going forward. Have them meet with their manager twice a month to discuss how the process is working. Ensure participation is built into their 90-day review. Holding them accountable will ensure they take an active role in the process.

One thing is for sure—most organizations have veered away from progressive HR programs in the last several years, losing time and money, as well as valuable employees.

Isn’t it time you started focusing on the fundamentals and take the time to bring your people on board correctly? After all, people are your most valuable resource. It’s one of the best investments you can make in the long-term success of your organization.

What on-boarding programs have you had success with?

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In His Name HR helps organizations build high performance Human Resources programs. Visit them at In HIS Name HR or e-mail them here.

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In His Name HR LLC. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 

How To Learn from Employee Turnover

How To Learn from Employee Turnover


Why are people leaving your organization?

My client’s eyes glazed over when I asked her this. She didn’t know why more than 13 percent of her workforce left every year – and hadn’t even thought about figuring out the reasons.

In my experience, most organizations fail to document why people leave.

If they do conduct exit interviews, they often don’t probe deeply enough. Or, they fail to effectively learn from their findings and implement change for the better.

People Join organizations they leave managers.” Bill Hybels

How to Keep People

According to The Wall Street Journal, by the time a talented worker has decided to leave, it’s probably too late to make the necessary improvements to keep them. But, finding out why people aren’t staying with your organization is critical to your future success, especially in tough economic times.

Keeping competent employees is one of the best ways to save your organization a lot of money and keep a cohesive and healthy workplace culture. The high cost of hiring and training employees warrants that you learn from what isn’t working, every time.

There are several reasons why people leave.  In previous articles we have discussed many.  One area that continues to gain attention is organizational vision or lack thereof. Make sure your vision is properly integrated within your HR programs.  Employees need to be part of it and understand where you are going.  A recent article from Barnard Marr on CNBC.com cites “No Vision” as being a leading cause of turnover.  I agree.  Most employees want a hope and a future and a great vision that is bought in by all helps create energy in the workplace.

So, appreciate the rich source of information that a good exit interview brings!

A good exit interview finds out these three (3) things:

  • What the work climate is really like?
  • Whether and how are your managers are failing.
  • What’s missing?

Do your employees get what they really need to do well? If people are leaving too frequently, it’s time to find out why.

Make sure your exit interview includes these three (3) questions:

  • When did you realize you wanted to leave?
  • Did you and your manager set goals and objectives together?
  • How often did you receive helpful feedback from your leadership?

Ending Well

First, conduct your exit interview with a spirit of grace and graciousness. Your concern and honest inquiry into the reasons your employee is leaving will yield valuable insights if you put them at ease. This is where your core values come in.

Second, remember to set up an exit interview at a time designed to give you the best information. Don’t rush in at the last minute, just before your employee’s departure, or try to get information after they’ve already moved on.

Finally, wish the employee well in their new endeavor. At some point, they may want to come back. If they feel cared for during this last important experience, they will know that the door is still open. Losing a talented employee is disappointing, but it might be redeemed if they happily return in the future.

Have you used exit interviewing before? Please take a few moments and tell our community of readers your experience.

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In His Name HR helps organizations build high performance Human Resources programs. Visit them at In HIS Name HR or e-mail them here.

Mark A. Griffin is the founder and chief consultant of In His Name HR LLC. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.